22-26 June 2017. Fillongley Village Hall, CV7 8EQ
Bands confirmed so far:
Bow Legged Skeeters
Nicknamed ‘The Skeeters’ by most of their fans, The Bow-Legged Skeeter are a 5 piece band from the South Coast with the classic Bluegrass line-up of Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin and String Bass.
Increasingly known for their strong vocal performances featuring 3 and 4 part harmonies the band have a burgeoning repertoire of traditional Bluegrass standards, contempory Bluegrass, and self penned songs.
Currently booked for a number of Festivals, clubs and Village halls in different parts of the country and starting to get air time on local radio the band are gradually building a name for themselves whilst also recording their own songs.
Visit our website http://thebowleggedskeeter.co.uk for more details and music clips.
Buffalo Gals are the UK’s favourite Old Time Country String Band! At the forefront of the current wave of American roots-inspired music, the Gals represent a revival of the old string band tradition in its most vibrant form, with their live shows uniquely punctuated by the stunning and thrillingly syncopated traditional Appalachian step-dance that has become one of their trademarks.confirmed. appear here
Take a mixture of edgy and contemporary acoustic Americana and you get the tantalising taste of Carbon Creek.
This engaging band features soaring lead vocals & harmonies together with inventive instrumental breaks.
Ceri Ridge Trading Company
Just confirmed. Bio will appear here
The Down County Boys
The Down County Boys are one of the longest established and best loved bluegrass bands in the UK – tracing their roots back to 1964. The current line up features Peter Parker on fiddle, father and son Mick (bass/vocals) and Chris (banjo) Cooper and Ray Duffy on lead vocals guitar and mandolin.
Hogranch is a four piece band in traditional bluegrass format - Keith Howard on guitar and lead vocals and Sean Hogan on banjo and lead vocals are complemented by Bob Pepper on mandolin and harmony vocals and Deb Howard on double bass and harmony vocals. The band have played a number of British festivals as well as EWOB, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Rockygrass band competition. Listen out for a mix of classic bluegrass, the best of Americana, some self-penned songs and the odd contemporary song with a hoggish twist. Four voices, four instruments for your enjoyment.
The Horsenecks (USA)
The Horsenecks, with their self-titled debut album have shown the West Coast Traditional Music scene that they are a force to be reckoned with. All of the contributors on the album are standout musicians in their own right, and Macrae and Southern are no exception. When I saw their performance at the 2015 Portland Old Time Gathering I was blown away by their versatility, subtlety, and drive. You should expect to be nothing less that blown away by this outstanding album.”
-Daniel Gerrard, Trad Nation
The Kentucky Cow Tippers
Since forming in 2008, the Kentucky Cow Tippers have deservedly earned a reputation as one of the hardest working and most exciting acts on the UK’s acoustic music scene. Their unique approach to bluegrass draws from a deep appreciation of every aspect of the genre: they’ve absorbed everything from traditional Appalachian harmonies and fiddle tunes through to the psych/country-tinged sounds of Old & In the Way and the Seldom Scene, as well as progressive “Newgrass” by the likes of Béla Fleck and Punch Brothers.
The Malvern Hillbillies
Hillbilly Pete ,Foxy and Cousin Merle
Proudly present the Malvern Hillbillies Old Time Roadshow, Appalachian mountain
music to holler and dance to
Ben McManus & Clara Delfina
Brought together by a mutual love of all things Bluegrass and Old-Time, Ben and Clara met on the British festival circuit last year. They combine the two genres to bring together classic Bluegrass songs, Appalachian Old Time tunes, and double vocal harmonies. Nested in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Clara Hails from Colorado in the United States, and together they have just finished recording an album together in Colorado and now prepare to tour Britain in May and June.
New all girl band. Bio to appear here
The Motorcity Stringband play hard driving traditional, popular and original bluegrass music. Based in the Midlands, this four piece band consists of Andrew Friesen on banjo and vocals, Paul Ceney, mandolin and vocals, Peter Ainsworth, Bass and vocals and Paul Elliker, Guitar and vocals. There's never a dull moment when they take the stage and Paul's jokes are legendary (not necessarily for any comical content).
New Essex Bluegrass Band
Since 1994 the New Essex Bluegrass Band has enjoyed over twenty-one years as perhaps the most traditional sounding of all the UK bluegrass bands. From the outset they adopted the single microphone for its stage sound, and have inspired many of the other British bands to do the same. With the addition of a fiddle player in 2005 they continue to delight, not only UK festival audiences from Guildtown in Scotland to Newquay in Cornwall and Conwy, The Gower and Llangollen in Wales, but also European audiences in Holland, France, Germany and Ireland, showing how authentic bluegrass should be performed.
The Old Grey Dogs
The Old grey dogs, among the top Newgrass players in the uk today, playing a mixture of Bela Fleck and Jens Kruger tunes along with hard driving songs from across the board of bluegrass. Now into their thirty plus years together and respected within their field. A trio not to miss.
Stained Glass Bluegrass
Stained Glass is an experienced four piece bluegrass band from Warwickshire, featuring banjo, mandolin, guitar and double bass. They sing three part harmony and play hard driving instrumentals. Their music ranges from traditional to modern bluegrass with a sprinkling of gospel and pop.
They have performed at numerous bluegrass festivals, and currently run the Birmingham bluegrass session twice a month.
A Croydon-based acoustic band, playing a collection of popular and original bluegrass numbers. Influenced by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and The Del McCoury Band, they are one of the newest and amongst the youngest bands to hit the bluegrass festival scene.
Wood Wire & Words
Wood Wire and Words are a 3 piece family band from Hampshire, playing critically acclaimed Folk/Bluegrass inspired original songs. They are: David Rozzell – songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, Clare Rozzell – harmony/lead vocals/double bass & Clare's father, Pat Francis – Dobro/mandolin. A recent review by Janet Hansen, music marketing specialist with 3 Grammy award-winning campaigns to her credit, said of their 2015 “It's A Barbecue Day” album: “David has a moving, honest expression engendering a true listening experience. One wants and needs to hear the story he's telling. Clare complements him with beautifully rich harmonies as she keeps things grounded on double bass, and Pat adds all the necessary colours on dobro and mandolin.”
The Anker Valley Boys
Last, but not least, our very own local band. Formed some 5 years ago by friends playing together at the Tamworth Folk Club every Friday night. Their name is derived from the River Anker, which runs through Tamworth. You might see a familiar face in the band if you look hard enough!
Blossom Hill are delighted to introduce their new Dobro man - Ed Gallagher. With Ed comes a bunch of new songs to the repertoire; add the traditional engine room of Gary and Sherryl Payne, the Banjo from Richard Holland, and you will see that the new grape has made the old wine sparkle!